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troops will have left all of afghanistan or be in support roles. >>> yesterday's handover took place in helmand province. it's a taliban stronghold where more foreign troops have died than in any other province. cbs news correspondent mandy clark was there for the changing of the guard. >> reporter: helmand province has been the deadliest battleground in afghanistan. nearly half of all coalition deaths have happened here. president obama's surge focussed on turning that around. the proichbs's capital saw troop movement of a different kind with the official handover to afghan forces. one sign of how fragile this security situation is the ceremony was not announced in advance. out of fear the taliban would strike. the new commander of coalition forces in afghanistan acknowledged the heavy price american and british troops paid for the progress made here. >> there are some voices that are raised to question whether this sacrifice has been worth it. those of white house wear this uniform have one answer. yes! >> reporter: it was certainly a proud moment for the afghan
up the afghan army and police with the aim that foreign combat troops can withdraw from afghanistan completely by the end of 2014. vic? >> kai, thank you. the u.s. has spent more than $400 billion on the afghan conflict so far. >>> two westbounds and counting. lawmakers are raising the debt ceiling, or the u.s. could default on its loans for the first time ever. danielle nottingham reports for weaj, from washington-- wjz from washington. >> reporter: one by one, senators are sounding off about the tea party backed debt plan called cut back and balance. >> that is what america wants and it's what washington needs. >> the proposal that is before us could turn a recession into a depression. >> i think it's a superior piece of legislation. it's not a serious proposal. >> reporter: the plan increases the debt limit, in exchange for billions of dollars in immediate spending cuts, limits on future spending, and a constitutional amendment, requiring a balanced federal budget. it passed the house earlier this week, but it doesn't have a chance of passing the democratic-controlled senate. >>
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